Man Pictured Sitting At Desk In Nancy Pelosi's Office From Northwest Arkansas


Thursday, January 7th 2021, 9:24 am
By: Tess Maune


A man pictured sitting behind a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office after rioters stormed the U.S. capitol is from Northwest Arkansas, KFSM reports.

The man told KFSM he carried a flag into Pelosi's office, left her a note and took an envelope from the desk.

He was eventually taken out by capitol police, but not before a photographer captured the image of the man sitting with a foot up on a desk in Nancy Pelosi's office.

Richard Barnett confirmed with KFSM he's the man in the photo. 

He's from Gravette, Arkansas and has attended Trump rallies in Northwest Arkansas in the past. He told KFSM he went to Washington D.C. Wednesday to hear President Trump speak.

Barnett said he was pushed into the capitol with protestors. He claimed he was looking for a bathroom inside the building when he found Nancy Pelosi's office instead.

"I threw my feet up on the desk at that point. I realized some a**holes had cut me also and I bled on her envelope, so I picked up the envelope and put it in my pocket and I put a quarter on the desk cause I'm not a thief,” Barnett told KFSM. “She ain't worth a quarter, but I paid for the envelope, I didn't steal anything and I didn't tear anything up. We don't do that, we're patriots." 

Barnett faces potential federal charges for storming the U.S. Capitol building. He told KFSM he knows that's a possibility, but says he's not scared.